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Jason Oliver Nixon Joins Bienenstock Furniture Library Board

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Industry veteran Jason Oliver Nixon has joined the Board of Directors of the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library.

In making the appointment, Russell Bienenstock, President of the Board said, "Jason Oliver's talents as an interior designer, his passion for our industry and high profile promise to further the Library mission to support home furnishings and interior design, invest in new design talent and promote collaboration in our industry. We are lucky to have him as a part of our talented board."

Nixon commented, "I hope to bring my soup-to-nuts outlook to the table that includes using my experience, personal relationships, and passion for the industry to raise awareness and accessibility of the three pillars to a wider community. The Furniture Library is an amazing resource, but I'd like to see more design enthusiasts using the Library. It should become a 'must-visit' destination for any designer or editor not only during Market, but also throughout the year. The Library has an exceptional collection of some 8,000 books; a sculpture garden for inspiration and reflection; and plenty of work and meeting spaces for research and collaboration. We hope to use this space to bring rotating exhibitions of design and antiquities that will be especially appealing to design and furniture aficionados."

Nixon is the Global Lifestyle Editor of Delta Sky Magazine and co-founder of Madcap Cottage, a widely published design firm renown for its whimsical use of color and pattern. (www.madcapcottage.com). On October 19th during Market, he and his partner, John Loecke, will open an ever-changing design laboratory on Church Avenue in the heart of High Point that will be part office, part retail, and part design incubator. It will have a wide variety of curated "eclectic finds that capture the Madcap Cottage gents' unique and gimlet-eyed viewpoint," says Nixon.

About Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library: The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library-a worldwide center for research, design, and collaboration-holds the world's largest collection of rare and significant books on the history and design of furniture. Founded in 1970 and endowed by the Bienenstock family, the Library is devoted the advancement of knowledge about design, furniture, interiors, architecture, textiles, finishes, and constructions.

The rare book collection contains volumes published since 1640. With the exception of Yale, it is the only library in America that houses the original works of 18th century furniture masters Chippendale, Sheraton and Hepplewhite, as well as a complete set of Diderot's Encyclopedia. (26 volumes published in the 18th Century.) Unlike Yale, the Bienenstock Furniture Library is open to the public. A special climate and humidity controlled room houses these rare volumes. An appointment with the curator is required to examine these books, and you must wear white gloves, but they are available to the public. The library also contains rare drawings and furniture details. It is a treasure trove of inspiration for anyone interested in design.

The Library operates a specialty bookstore selling significant contemporary works, out-of-print, and hard-to-find volumes. Most Library services are free. Bienenstock Furniture Library, located in High Point NC, is open to the public and welcomes professionals and scholars for research, collaboration, meetings, seminars, lectures, and events. Visit www.furniturelibrary.com. The easiest way to stay up to date on the developments of the library is to "like" its Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/BienenstockFurnitureLibrary.

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